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Alfano and Extraordinary Wow the Crowd in $15,000 Chronicle of the
Horse/USHJA International Hunter Derby at Kentucky Spring Horse Show
Lindsay McCall for
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Lexington, KY-May 15, 2010- The $15,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA
International Hunter Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance was the class to
watch at 6:00 p.m this evening. The Derby was held in the Main Stadium of
the Kentucky Horse Park, host of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian
Games, at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. Triumphant over the class of
forty horse and rider combinations was Extraordinary and Jennifer Alfano.
Only one point separated first, second, and third place with Louise Serio
and her mount Sailor's Valentine coming in second, and Kelley Farmer and
Rosalynn coming in third. Farmer took home the High Point Handy Award for
achieving a score 196 in her second round.
The forty horse and rider combinations competed over 12 numbered obstacles
for the first round of the derby. Saturday night's unique course was
designed by Bobby Murphy and featured five four-foot options. Two rounds of
competition occurred with the first round being judged on hunter style,
quality, movement, and brilliance, and the second round judged on handiness
of the round and brilliance of pace. Twelve riders advanced to the second
round with 10 obstacles, the same five options, and an added brush fence
that resembled a squirrel where each pair hurdled over the tail of the
Out of the top six riders in the handy round the first to enter the ring was
Rosalynn with Kelley Farmer in the irons. Farmer took three options and
received bonus points for her efforts. When the round was complete she was
given a score of 160.
Farmer and Rosalynn, owned by Mr. And Mrs. Ernest M. Oare, entered the handy
round in 12th place overall so the pair had to go first over the modified
course. The pair's efforts in the handy round landed her an immediate score
of 196, because they took all the options, had a beautiful gallop, and took
all the inside turns. The score would be maintained throughout the night
earning them the Top Handy Score Award. The duo's combined score of 356 was
held up for third place after the class came to a close.
Next to try their talent on the handy course was Jennifer Alfano and
Extraordinary. The pair chose three options and earned a first round score
of 181. Since Alfano would ride Jersey Boy in the second round later in the
evening, Alfano rode Extraordinary early in the mix. The pair earned a high
score of 177, which moved them into the first place position with a toal of
358. "I was surprised," admitted Alfano, "I had more than one horse in the
second round so I did not really keep track of who was winning. When I came
out on Jersey Boy someone said I won and I could not believe it. I was
really thrilled with him, he was great tonight."
"I started riding Extraordinary in the Derby classes this year," Alfano
continued. "I have done four and he's been second in two, so he's sort of
been knocking at the door. He is a quiet horse, he is really fun to ride, he
has a great canter and a great rhythm to his canter, so he is pretty fun and
easy to ride."
After the pair's fantastic round, Louise Serio and Sailor's Valentine, owned
by Westerly Farm, had a chance to grab the judge's attention. The duo took
two options and received multiple bonus points from the judges. Their score
of 182 in the handy round resulted in a total score of 357, which just
barely moved them into the second place position.
"My horse was really good," said Serio. "This was his second Hunter Derby
and he is a First Year Green Horse. I was proud of him under the lights
tonight because it got really spooky after the rain and there were a lot of
shadows. He was awesome, just jumped great!"
Serio wanted to brave during tonight's course, but she chose not over-face
Sailor's Valentine. "I took the bigger option that was at the in-and-out
brush during both rounds," she noted. "In the first round I also did the
wall, which he had a light rub on and a lot of people had down. For the
second round I just decided to jump the smaller option there because I did
not want risk having the wall down."
Coming into the second round in 5th place was NLF Shakespear's Rhythm, owned
by Nordic Lights Farm, LLC., and Peter Pletcher. The pair took every single
option at the four-foot height. After fence 11 Pletcher made a sharp right
turn in front of another fence. He did this once again when he approached
the Squirrel fence, the last fence in the handy round. Pletcher received
many cheers but a quick trot step caused him to receive a very high score
from one set of judges, 89, and low score from another set, 55, for a 159
and two round total of 342.
Alfano once again entered the ring as the rain poured down over the course.
This time it was Jersey Boy who she had in the bridle. The pair came into
the handy round in the second position overall because of a fantastic round
resulting in a high score of 190. Alfano and her derby mount Jersey Boy
decided to take all five options. Unfortunately, the pair knocked down a
block on the top of the stonewall and their score resulted in a total of 280
placing them now in 10th place when the class came to a close.
The course may have been a little tough on a few horses and each of the top
three riders agreed. Alfano said, "I thought it was great. It rode really
well. Everything was nice. Extraordinary is so brave and nothing phases
him. I think there were some spooky things out there but that particular
horse is phased by nothing. He is a great horse for these classes because he
does not bat an eye at anything."
During the final round riders began and finished over the same fence, which
also caused some problems. "I did not think it was a particular hard jump,
but it was set very far up the ring and the horses could not get focused on
it," Serio explained. "You saw a lot of trouble there just spooking at that,
but I think it was the location that was more challenge than anything else."
Last to enter the Main Stadium was Peridot and Tammy Provost. The pair had
a fabulous first round score of 198. The pair took all five options and
received 10 bonus points for their efforts. As they approached the first
fence in the handy round the pair had an unfortunate refusal sending them
into 11th place overall.
All of the riders really appreciated showing in the Main Stadium at the
Kentucky Horse Park. Alfano commented, "You cannot ask for a better show
grounds. It is so beautiful here and all the places to ride and get to show
in a Stadium like this is wonderful."
Sunday's hunter competition continues with championship awards presented in
the Children's Hunter divisions. Tomorrow marks the final day of the
Kentucky Spring Horse Show, but the second week, The Kentucky Spring
Classic, will begin on May 19, 2010 featuring a full week of exciting hunter
For more information about Kentucky Spring Horse Shows please go to
Results of the $15,000 Chronicle of the Horse/USHJA International Hunter
Derby Presented by Dietrich Insurance:
Rank ENTRY HORSE NAME RIDER NAME
OWNER SCORE SCORE 2 TOTAL SCORE
1 388 EXTRAORDINARY JENNIFER ALFANO
HELEN LENAHAN 181.000 177.000 358.000
2 238 SAILOR'S VALENTINE LOUISE SERIO
WESTERLY FARM 175.000 182.000 357.000
3 1106 ROSALYNN KELLEY FARMER
M/M ERNEST M. OARE 160.000 196.000 356.000
4 1081 NLF SHAKESPEARE'S RHYTHM PETER
PLETCHER NORDIC LIGHTS FARM, LLC 183.000
5 1043 VALIANT TAMMY PROVOST
ALLIY MOYER 179.000 163.000 342.000
6 1020 COOL BOY ABIGAIL BLANKENSHIP
PETER PLETCHER 165.000 166.000 331.000
7 19 CHARLESTON Z CAITLIN ZIEGLER
ARTISAN FARMS & CAITLIN ZIEGLER 165.000 146.000
8 1011 ACCORD KIRSTIE DOBBS
TREESDALE FARM 164.000 145.000 309.000
9 229 CARLANO CHRISTINA SERIO
PAIGE COLE 170.000 124.000 294.000
10 385 JERSEY BOY JENNIFER ALFANO
SBS FARMS INC 190.000 90.000 280.000
11 1105 KOST TO COAST KELLEY FARMER
M/M ERNEST M. OARE 166.000 74.000 240.000
12 741 PERIDOT TAMMY PROVOST
STEPHEN MARTINES 198.000 0.000 198.000